Resonance of Fate First Impressions

Sega teams up with Tri-Ace to bring us an interesting world full of intrigue, impressive battles, and alluring visuals.

Tri-Ace, the team behind Star Ocean, Valkyrie Profile, and Infinite Undiscovery, has forgone its usual publishing partner Square Enix and has instead partnered with Sega to bring us Resonance of Fate. The Japanese role-playing game is set in an enthralling city full of vile hoodlums, mysterious heroes, and intricate machines. We got a first look at the game at Sega's Summer Sizzle event in Central London, and it left us wanting more.

In Resonance, you play as three mercenaries employed by high society. Zephyr is a talented young merc, Vashyron is an experienced gunslinger, and Reanbell is a diminutive girl. Anyone who plays Japanese RPGs will know not to judge a book by its cover, and from what we've seen, Reanbell can certainly hold her own on the field of battle. We don't know much about their stories so far or how they came to work together, but we're told that all will be revealed in the course of the game.

You encounter numerous battles along the way, from simple gangsters in the city's seedier parts to boss battles. The gameplay is in semi-real time, and enemies will move only when you do, which allows you to pause and think your strategy through without being explicitly turn based. It's possible to "shatter" an enemy's health bar into separate fragments to make your enemy easier to defeat, and this looks like an interesting concept. You can also activate a bullet time sequence and use this to perform more powerful attacks. Aiding you in combat is an impressive arsenal, including machine guns, pistols, Molotov cocktails, and grenades.

Resonance is set in a fictitious Earth city, with a setting that looks to be heavily influenced by the current fashion for steampunk fashions and modernised Victoriana. We don't know the exact time frame, but we saw cobblestone streets and plenty of industrial age contraptions, including huge clockwork gears. The storyline will sound familiar to science fiction fans: Unbeknownst to the general populace, a gigantic machine runs the world of Resonance and even decides when people should be born and die. The city appears to be a huge cylindrical structure suspended above the planet's surface, with many individual levels to explore. The only ones privy to the truth is the aristocracy, who live on the structure's lofty upper platforms, and it seems you're destined to come to blows with them at some point.

While the main story is linear, you can unlock side missions. Completing these will earn you experience points and uncover more of the game's plot. Visiting guild halls scattered throughout the city will give you details about both current and side missions, and you can talk to non-player characters to uncover more clues about the city.

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There's an interesting visual design at work in Resonance. A grainy art style gives the world a gritty look that fits the edgy setting. Backgrounds are prerendered and rotate on an axis as you move around corners. The result makes the game look like an elaborately detailed 3D pop-up book, and we look forward to seeing more of it in the future.

Resonance of Fate will be heading to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in early 2010. You can discover more from Sega's Summer Sizzle event by reading our just-published previews of Super Monkey Ball: Step and Roll and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.

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Death_182
Death_182

Playing it now and it is awesome.

coryhystek
coryhystek

It will be interesting to see how tri-star fairs when accompanied by Sega instead of its usual partner Square Enix. Hopefully wont change up their RPG style too much as I have really enjoyed all of the FF games to date.

Shinkada
Shinkada

@yixingtpot You're either obscenely ignorant or a brilliant troll. Either way you made me lol.

Shinkada
Shinkada

Setting looks very interesting. In contrast to all the people comparing this to FF, I hope it remains FAR AWAY enough from FF to steer clear of the archetypical characters and recycled plots that damn most J-RPGs.

rpgisforme
rpgisforme

looks alot like FF, which is never a bad thing. Love JRPG's and will definately be pickin this one up.

the_rockin_Anas
the_rockin_Anas

i lov this game !!! graphics r nice !! sound id awesome !!! and they r bringing it in xbox 360 too !!! sega was always the best !! is the best !! and will remain the best !! tri-ace is also gud !1

kvan33
kvan33

Blah, another mediocre JRPG.

DPhunkT
DPhunkT

It does look good. But it seems so cliche. I can't take it seriously.

Gioh
Gioh

Still looks like FF. Meanin, he can make whatever, it will always be like FF. Adn i will get me this one for sure. Was not a negative comment, au contraire mon amie.

kamizuka
kamizuka

we know nothing about this game just wait and see :)

Tengoles
Tengoles

Wow that looks very nice... yeah, it does look like FF and so what?² cant wait for it

ad882
ad882

Wow they are remaking Devil May Cry 4? wtf?

jinjak
jinjak

the charactrs in this game so cool.

jinjak
jinjak

i think it's look like final fantasy some how.

KeiraChan
KeiraChan

I am personally really excited for this game. People are complaining that it looks like Final Fantasy? So what, Final Fantasy is one of the best visual experiences when it comes to games. I look forward to games that even strive to be that good.

Gioh
Gioh

Still looks like Final Fantasy.

sandmanccl
sandmanccl

One thing caught my eye: "The gameplay is in semi-real time, and enemies will move only when you do, which allows you to pause and think your strategy through without being explicitly turn based." Does that mean it's going to be a rogue-like? That's how I describe rogue-likes to people who've never tried them.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

well it's going to be on dvd XBROKE so we know it can't be all that good, another dumbed down last gen dvd game experience. The Japanese need to step up to PS3 level games already... I'm getting tired of buying dvd games made for XBROKE.

ChidoriBoyU
ChidoriBoyU

this seems good though we can't judge from this trailer

tank_builder
tank_builder

looks awesome. hope i have a ps3 to play it.

CipherZilla
CipherZilla

The modernised Victoriana backdrop is quite mesmerizing and the narrative seems promising.

Subtle_Ninja
Subtle_Ninja

Star Ocean and Valkyrie Profile were some good games, now I hope they can just keep it up with the release of this game...

arsefacey
arsefacey

this looks promising, although i cant really say much without seeing some o the gameplay. i enjoyed star ocean and valkyrie profile so im a fan of tri-ace's work and im just wondering but what good game/s has sega come out with recently?

zowbaid
zowbaid

Both Sega and Square Enix suck right now. If square doesn't get it's stuff together good RPG's are just gonna be a memory from now on.

gordos24
gordos24

check the japanese ps store for end of eternity. there you will have gameplay movies. but i think end of eternity is a good title why change it?

corkyhookahking
corkyhookahking

looks interesting can't wait i need a good rpg in my collection

kanagii
kanagii

hey, nice graphics...

kahraba220
kahraba220

it looks good ..... hopefully the gameplay to

kev090
kev090

@fed_X yeah, square fell off, but only a bit.... they've had a few good games in the past 2 years. it's nice to see that Tri-Ace isn't on squenix' lap with this one Sega's on their way back up =) their only mistakes were the conduit and their filthy sonic games Let's hope for the best, anyway

Fed__X
Fed__X

Square isn't half as good as it was on PS1. Everything they've released on the 360 has been mediocre at best. I hope FFXIII doesn't follow this trend. I think Tri-ace is making a terrific move.

tu2pac
tu2pac

@chrisddd01 I've got the full Japanese trailers in my blog @JimmeyBurrows you too

Misfit119
Misfit119

Maybe sith them having cut away from Square for the time being they'll actually be able to FINISH a freaking RPG. Both the recent Star Ocean game and Infinite Undiscovery felt totally unfinished (IU was definitely a rush job). I could seriously do with less of the boys that look like girls JRPG character designs in life though.

chrisddd01
chrisddd01

these dosent look bad but i'll have to see more

torogdl
torogdl

hahha wtf?, at second 53, look out it´s prototype! hahaha

jemoedr
jemoedr

Looks promissing, is it just me or looks the guy at about 55 secs exactly as the guy from Prototype

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Reading the messeges, some people are confusing Valkyria Chronicles (strategy shooter by Sega) and Valkyrie Profile (series of RPG's by Tri-Ace) This is developed by Tri-Ace and Published by Sega... The more I hear about this game, the more I want it... Gotta love Tri-Ace for trying to bring new idea's into the gaming industry. It kind of sounds like they're taking the Valkyria Chronicals gameplay and just making it faster and more interesting, which is probably the reason they swapped to Sega from SE. Can't wait untill they bring out some demo's for download. Also sounds like they're yoinking FFXII's side quest system, which I found to be good. Edited for a typo.

Lynghiepminh
Lynghiepminh

The male characters design reminds me of Final Fantasy VIII.

Berserkerz
Berserkerz

Could be another Valkyria Chronicles in our hands :)

LoveGun93
LoveGun93

This looks like final fantasy except every character is wearing a leather jacket? It's final fantasy mixed with grease!

Schym
Schym

I'm liking the increase in steampunk styled games. looking forward to hearing more about htis one.

Tikicobra
Tikicobra

This game looks nothing like DMC. For starters, it's an RPG.